We've vaguely covered this topic before but haven't done it full justice-we'll try to rectify that now.Firstly let's look at what Autism is . Not being my field of expertise I turned to the net for a succint definition:
So two things there stand out for me 1) Short Attention Span
When I saw that "apps for autism" was one of the most searched terms in recent weeks on the internet I started to see why. Smartphones-which we predominantly play apps on- are devices whose very legacy and foundation is to essentially communicate. That ticks off point one , a device made for communication is surely the best thing to get someone with communication disorders a helping hand.
As for the second point, apps are not like traditional games or activities because they originate on a portable device they are generally made for shorter bursts of entertainment or work, you are unlikely to play a 100+ hour epic game on your phone , nor are you likely to read the entirety of "War and Peace" from your Iphone or Android's small screen.
So with it established that apps could possibly be ideally positioned to reach out to somebody with autism I set out to find what the net had to offer or recommend for the big players, Android and iPhone/Ipad. This is what I came up with:
First of all a mentionAn online autism community provided by Ambitious about Autism (AmbitiousAboutAutism.org.uk), the UK charity for young people with autism, supported by TalkTalk. http://www.talkaboutautism.org.uk/
It's thanks to this site that I was able to find out about Hacking Autism
A site dedicated to develop innovative, touch-enabled applications for the autism community and make this software available for free
They had 34 free apps at the last count under headings such as
Story Builder is designed to help children accomplish the following educational goals: 1) Improve paragraph formation; 2) Improve integration of ideas; and 3) Improve higher level abstractions by inference. Extensive use of audio clips promotes improved auditory processing for special needs children with autism spectrum disorders or sensory processing disorders
We develop some of the finest eReading apps available, and would like to invite you to scroll through the various pictures that come from our most recent book; 'Gulliver's Travels'.http://www.ereadingbook.com/
Model Me Kids® leverages iPhone app and iPad app technology as a tool for helping teach children with Autism and Asperger Syndrome. Extend the lessons in the Model Me Going Places™ DVD with a portable visual teaching tool. The App includes six of the locations featured in the Model Me Going Places™ DVD. For iPhone and iPod Touch. Just released for iPad.
Please explore their website as they have a lot of good free apps for autism on there.In their own words
Another useful app that I found